There are 6 ways to get from Santa Barbara to San Diego by bus, train, night bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus  •  5 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6731 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Diego, Ca 9465

$33 - $77

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Train  •  6 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$45 - $110

Bus, night bus  •  6 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the night bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Drive  •  3 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to San Diego 219.9 miles

$21 - $35

Fly from Santa Barbara  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to San Diego (SAN) SBA - SAN

$152 - $605

Bus to Los Angeles, fly  •  4 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Diego (SAN) LAX - SAN

$146 - $398

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to San Diego is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 3 h 44 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to San Diego is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 3 h 44 min.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and San Diego is 189 miles. The road distance is 219.9 miles.

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It takes approximately 5 h 7 min to get from Santa Barbara to San Diego, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara to San Diego. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara, Ca and arriving at San Diego, Ca via Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 7 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Santa Barbara Amtrak and arriving at San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 18 min.

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There is no direct flight from Santa Barbara Airport to San Diego Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 41 min and has one stopover.

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Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to San Diego.
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  • Distance: 188.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 7 min

What companies run services between Santa Barbara, CA, USA and San Diego, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Los Angeles, Ca in around 5 h 7 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Santa Barbara to San Diego 5 times a day. Tickets cost $45 - $110 and the journey takes 6 h 18 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Portland
Ave. Duration
5 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Seattle
Ave. Duration
7 h 56 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Train operators
Amtrak
Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak
Ave. Duration
6 h 18 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$80 - $110
Room
$210 - $300
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$29 - $40
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $26
Flexible
$30 - $40
Amtrak
Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Santa Barbara Airbus
Website
sbairbus.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
sbairbus.com

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